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Remittances and diversification in Timor-Leste

By Michael Rose Last year remittances became Timor-Leste’s largest non-oil source of income, before coffee but after aid. There is success and failure in this strange fact. In their willingness to back themselves by...

The five-domains update

By Sunny Cao, Sarah O’Connor and James Rickard Sea state Australia and South Korea have held their annual joint naval exercise. Code-named ‘Haedori-Wallaby’, the drills included joint manoeuvres and firing exercises, and involved six...

Britain’s post-Brexit choices

By Ngaire Woods Huge amounts of time, effort and frustration have gone into negotiating the terms of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. And with the UK set to hold a crucial...

Job quality, FDI and institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa

By Sotiris Blanas, Adnan Seric and Christian Viegelahn Although Africa still lags other developing regions in terms of FDI inflows, its capacity to attract FDI has increased remarkably in recent decades. UNCTAD data show...

The very hungry future submarine

By Andrew Davies and Marcus Hellyer We’ve known for a while that SEA 1000, the Defence Department’s future submarine program, is going to cost a lot of money—we just haven’t known exactly how much....

Cybersecurity: people are not the problem

By Lesley Seebeck Those of us older than a certain age will recall an excellent British television series, Yes, Minister, and its successor, Yes, Prime Minister: they were required viewing for young and enthusiastic...

The lost promise of 1989

By Mark Leonard After the collapse of communism in Europe in 1989, many dreamed of building a united and free continent with the European Union at its core. But 30 years later, Europeans have...

Whispering to the Asia–Pacific

By Graeme Dobell Australia gropes and stutters towards a renewed embrace of international broadcasting—the vital need to ‘speak for ourselves’ in the Asia–Pacific. The latest lurch towards fresh understanding is the silent release of...

Azerbaijan Encroaches Into Georgian Territory

By Masis Ingilizian After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the three former republics of the Caucasus, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, failed to demarcate and delimit their borders. This failure has resulted in regular...

ASPI suggests

By James Brorson, Aakriti Bachhawat and Malcolm Davis The world The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership is likely to take centre stage at the ASEAN+ leaders’ summit underway in Bangkok today, in which leaders from...

The spirit of 2019

By Dominique Moisi As in 1848, 1968, 1989, and 2010–2012, a wave of popular protests has taken the world by surprise. Ongoing mass revolts—in Beirut, Santiago, Hong Kong, Algiers, Baghdad and other cities—are gaining...

The horticulture labour shortage myth

By Henry Sherrell Since 2008 when the Rudd Government first introduced the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP), there has been a clear imbalance between the number of Pacific citizens wanting to work in Australia (many)...

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